North Hobart claimed back-to-back CTPL Women’s titles after defeating New Town by five wickets at Clare Street Oval on 22nd February 2015. A good crowd was on hand to watch the much anticipated final with New Town winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Paris Crowe dominated the regular season but wasn’t given a chance to get going in the Grand Final with veteran Veronica Pyke (pictured bottom left) removing her in the very first over of the match. Crowe (1) played through her shot early and was caught at point by Kirsten Palfrey off a leading edge. North Hobart continued to apply pressure and opted to bowl out Hannah Short (0/12) and Pyke (1/9) in the first 8 overs keeping the Bucks to 1/21 with Meg Phillips and Gabby Mann at the crease.
Having seen off the early onslaught, New Town targeted the new bowler Stephanie Nichols with Mann taking three boundaries from her first over. The over signalled a change of mo-mentum and Mann and Phillips continued to target new bowlers with a four over spell be-tween Nichols and North Hobart captain Belinda Page costing 42 runs.
After putting on 70 runs from 80 deliveries, the partnership was finally broken by Nicole Geeves who dismissed Phillips LBW for 28 in the 14th over. Mann was joined by Brooke Hep-burn with the score 2/72 and the pair continued to score quickly.
Their partnership came to an end in the last over when Hepburn (21) was caught by Sarah Brooker off the bowling of Page. New batter Erin Lawler was run out two balls later before Mann’s sensational captains’ knock came to an end, bowled by Page for 65 off 63 deliveries. A great last over from Page returned 3 wickets (and a run out) for just 2 runs to keep New Town to 6/123. Page’s last over making her the best of the bowlers with 3/19 from 3.
After the innings break, North Hobart suffered their own nightmare start when Short was bowled first ball by Hepburn. A 46 run partnership between Angela Green and Pyke came to an end when Mann trapped Green lbw for 23. Two overs later, Mann removed opposing captain Page (4) when a straight drive from Pyke was deflected by Mann onto the stumps at the non-strikers end.
The two wickets brought New Town back into the game and Bucks continued their work as Lawler bowled the dangerous Bernadette Doyle (4) to reduce North Hobart to 4/79 in the 14th over. By the end of the over, the difference between the two innings at the same stage was just 10 runs in favour of North Hobart but New Town had only lost two wickets.
With the game well and truly in the balance, Pyke stepped it up a gear and dominated a 41 run partnership with Geeves (12) who was dis-missed with just 4 runs required. In an anti-climactic finish, the first ball of the 19th over went for 5 byes and brought up the winning runs for North Hobart. Pyke undefeated on 58 (55) with 40 runs coming from the final 21 balls of her innings. For her match winning innings and 1/9, Pyke was awarded the player of the final.